2022 Skoda Karoq (facelift) could be the brand’s smallest hybrid

The Skoda Karoq, closely related to the VW Tiguan, is receiving a mid-life refresh this year. Unlike the original compact SUV launched in 2017, the restyled 2022 Skoda Karoq could be strapped with hybrid engines.

“We are making our best-selling SUVs Kodiaq and Karoq fit for the years ahead,” Thomas Schafer, CEO, Skoda, said in his closing speech at the company’s annual press conference this week. Electrification is the way forward at Volkswagen Group, and so, central to keeping products “fit for the years ahead.”

2022 Skoda Karoq hybrid variants speculated

The 2022 Skoda Karoq may borrow the 1.5-liter EVO e-TEC mild-hybrid engine from the 2021 Skoda Octavia. The electrified turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline mill produces 110 kW (147 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.). A 7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission could be standard along with this engine. A 48-volt belt-driven starter motor and a 48-volt Lithium-ion battery would enable brake energy recuperation, electric boost, and coasting. Quieter and smoother engine starts, and fewer vibrations would be two more benefits of the mild-hybrid system.

Skoda Karoq rear - the base on which the 2022 Skoda Karoq will be developed
The exterior of the 2022 Skoda Karoq will likely get minor design changes with new plastic parts such as intake, bumpers and light clusters, and new paint and wheel options. Image: Skoda

The Skoda Karoq may get an iV plug-in hybrid variant as well, with a system power of 180 kW (241 hp) and a pure electric range of around 50 km (31 miles). The 2022 Skoda Karoq iV PHEV, if launched, would combine a 1.4-liter TSI engine with an electric motor, which would get its energy from a 13 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack and power the front wheels only.

Czech car manufacturer systematically continues its 2021 model campaign..New models: Fabia, Enyaq iV Coupé, facelifts of KODIAQ and KAROQ, Octavia Pro in China, Kushaq in India.

Skoda Auto announcing its new model plan for 2021 on March 24

On the design front, changes introduced on the Skoda Karoq with the mid-cycle update will likely be subtle, especially on the inside. MIB3, the latest-generation of Volkswagen Group’s modular infotainment system available, made it to the compact SUV in June last year. So, the infotainment family will probably remain unchanged. Perhaps, the 2022 Skoda Kodiaq arriving next month will give clues about the changes to expect in terms of design and features. The Karoq is a baby Kodiaq, after all.

Skoda may unveil the new Karoq a few months after the Kodiaq refresh, possibly in the third quarter. If Skoda participates, the 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021) could be the venue of its public debut (September 6-12, 2021).

Be sure to keep an eye on this page to know the latest on the 2022 Skoda Karoq.

2022 Skoda Karoq FAQs

What is the release date of the new Skoda Koroq?

Skoda has confirmed the release of the restyled Karoq for 2021. The launch is expected in the second half.

What are the competitors of the 2022 Skoda Karoq?

The 2022 Renault Kadjar, 2022 Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Nissan Qashqai are competitors.

What is the expected price of the new Skoda Karoq range?

The starting price may not stray much, but the hybrids would cost 10-12 per cent over equivalent combustion variants.

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